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Catholic/Religious guilt over sex
I'm not sure if I should post this here or if I should post in the Religion/Politics section...if I am misplaced, Mods feel free to move this.
Just in reading others posts I often hear about quite a bit of guilt plaguing many from their faiths, Catholics and other faiths in regard to sex. Like many Italians, my family on both sides, for eons back were Catholic. So I know some of their teachings, but am no expert by any means. I have inquired about this, but they never have been able to show me what this is based on from the Bible.
My very young parents went a different route into Christianity, but not specifically Catholicism.
So they taught me the Bible principles in regard to waiting until after marriage to have sex. I never got the remotest vibe from my parents or any of the teachings in our church or in the Bible that sex was dirty or wrong or anything to be guilty over having and/or enjoying inside a marriage. In fact, quite the opposite, it was what a wonderful thing it was to share with your love.
I've read the Bible many times myself, and never found anything other than that God says it should be in marriage, but I have never found anything about the shame/guilt piece. Yet, as I read on here, I hear it referred to a fair amount.
Of course this question doesn't apply to those who feel sex before marriage is totally fine.
I'm mostly curious to hear from those who deal with or have dealt with the anxiety/guilt (whatever the right description is) and what it has been based on, if any would care to share.